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Santos Laguna confirm Gomez transfer

Soccer USA Herculez Gomez
The 31-year-old American striker (L) joined Santos Laguna from Estudiantes Tecos in 2012.
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United States striker Herculez Gomez will join Mexican side Club Tijuana, Santos Laguna announced on their Twitter account late Tuesday night.

The former Major League Soccer standout spent a year and half with the Torreón club, scoring 13 times in 45 league appearances and nine in CONCACAF Champions League matches. Gomez helped Santos capture the 2012 Clausura title and reach the CONCACAF Champions League tournament two years in a row.

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The 31-year-old declined to comment on his move to Club Tijuana. Gomez, who is currently with United States men’s national team before their World Cup qualifier against Jamaica on Friday night, revealed the extent of his right knee injury that plagued him through portions of the Liga MX campaign.

“Towards the end of the season, when I was at Santos, the last month, I was playing with a knock on the knee, had a little bone contusion, and that's what was causing a little discomfort when I got here,” the former LA Galaxy forward told MLSSoccer.com. “We did a little treatment and the knee has reacted with a little more swelling than usual because of that treatment. But nothing crazy, nothing that's keeping me up at night.”

Gomez will join Tijuana who won the 2012 Apertura title and recently reached the Copa Libertadores quarterfinals before being eliminated by Atletico Mineiro last month. The ex-Puebla and Estudiantes Tecos striker could replace Duvier Riascos and Fidel Martinez, both rumored as possible transfer targets this summer.

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